Land-sailors will hit the beach for national battle

10:00 12 April 2013

Blokart racers battle for first place on Weston sands.

Blokart racers battle for first place on Weston sands.

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SPORTSMEN from across the globe will descend on Weston later this year for the national championships of their high-speed event.

From September 19-22, part of the town’s beach will become home to dozens of 60mph Blokarts – or land-sailors, to the layman.

The daredevil sport sees competitors race along the sands in small, three-wheeled craft, propelled by the wind using tall sails.

Sections of sand at the Uphill end of the beach will be transformed into ‘the wind zone’ as around 100 racers from around the world bid for glory.

Weston-based event organizer Chris Moore said: “A Blokart is a three-wheeled small land-based sailing craft that packs into a bag you can carry or wheel around and still does over 60mph with a high degree of safety.

“The British Land Speedsail Association is hosting the European Blokart Open and British Championships on Uphill Beach this September, so the cream of the racers will be there.

“Racers are not just coming from Europe they are coming from all over the world, entrants from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, as well as all over Europe, including a massive UK contingent.

“The sport’s inventor, Paul Beckett, is also taking part, coming all the way from New Zealand.

“We are expecting around 100 racers; racing will be close and could be very fast.”

Spectators will be able to get close to the action, and there is no charge so big crowds are expected.

A smaller-scale race weekend will be held on July 20 and 21, ahead of the main event in September, when Thursday’s practice day will be followed by intense racing from 11am each day.

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